- It is the first time a sitting government has been opted out democratically in Nigeria. The people have taken over, said spokesman Lai Mohammed from Buharis All Progressive Congress (APC).
He says that he has no reason to doubt that President Goodluck Jonathan from the People's Democratic Party (PDP) will acknowledge the defeat.
Buhari ruled Nigeria after a military coup more than 30 years ago. Since then the former dictator has been a candidate in four election, and declared himself a supporter of democracy. However, an intelligence officers in Abuja previously hinted that the APC is functioning like a train with no brakes and appears to be the political wing of the Nigerian Islamic sect Boko Haram.
When the votes had been counted in 34 of the country's 36 states, Buhari's APC led with 3.3 million votes over President Jonathan from the PDP, according to an overview from Reuters.
Buharu has also made a strong election in the northern states of Kano, Katsina, Kaduna and Jigawa. The area is located in the states hit hard by the extremist group Boko Haram.
Jonathan on his side did good in the election in the states of Rivers and Bayelsa in the oil-rich southern Nigeria, where he received respectively 98 and 95 percent of the votes.
Although both Jonathan and Buhari's parties have accused the election committee for cheating during the counting of votes, which also UK and US foreign ministers have expressed concern about, the election is deemed to be better implemented than in previous years.
Apart from the deaths of 15 voters northeast in the country, as many blames on Boko Haram, there has also been less violence than during previous elections. When Goodluck Jonathan was re-elected in 2011, it triggered a wave of violence in the country, which ended up with around 800 deaths.
Nigeria is Africa's most populous country with over 170 million inhabitants. Around 70 million of them were eligible to vote in the elections.
In addition to the majority of votes, it is also requires at least 25 percent of the votes in 27 of the country's states, including Abuja, to be elected president in the first round.
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